Books by Robert Bender

THE WINTER WITCH by Clay Bonnyman  Evans
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"The ecumenical message is a worthy one to contemplate, though it's so heavily delivered that the tale rather staggers along. (Picture book. 8-10)"
In this earnest commemoration of winter holidays in general, a lad soured on Christmas, now that he has a Jewish stepmother and stepbrother, changes his attitude after meeting Mattie, an elderly neighbor who offers sage advice. Read full book review >
THE CHIZZYWINK AND THE ALAMAGOOZLUM by Tony Johnston
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1998

"The pages are scary enough to give readers shivers, but never downright chills. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Zeke and Zelda have just bundled themselves into bed when a voice outside calls, "Let me in! Read full book review >
THE A TO Z BEASTLY JAMBOREE by Robert Bender
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 1996

"An exciting, approachable look at the animal kingdom. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Bender (Toads and Diamonds, 1995, etc.) rises to the demands of the highly structured alphabet-book format. Read full book review >
TOADS AND DIAMONDS by Robert Bender
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"But there is not enough alchemy for the leaden subject matter—even with all the usual fairytale motifs in place, the story fails to enchant. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
Bender (Little Witch Magic, 1992) makes the most of inferior source material but can't quite rise above it. Read full book review >
A MOST UNUSUAL LUNCH by Robert Bender
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Good fun. (Picture book. 2-7)"
The day after a frog swallows a beetle, it awakes with antennae and six tiny extra legs. Read full book review >
THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF by Robert Bender
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Funny, and fun. (Folklore/Picture book. 3-8)"
Bender (see Arnold above) takes the most liberties with the familiar goats (the troll has ``foul breath that made the daisies wilt,'' and little Gruff describes himself as ``a low-calorie snack''), though his lively text is almost as concise as the original and he keeps all the key phrases; his is an irreverent contemporary version that should amuse anyone who knows the classic text. Read full book review >
A LITTLE WITCH MAGIC by Robert Bender
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A promising debut. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Broomhelga likes to imagine the wicked deeds she would do if she ever got a chance; then, when little Wanda, a cheerful trick- or-treater, comes dauntlessly into her house and begs for a broomstick ride, Broomhelga obliges—only to discover that Wanda's delight is the best reward. Read full book review >